Gold Coast Airport re-development announcement

Gold Coast Airport has selected a company to handle Stage 1 of its re-development.

Construction, civil and mining company, Watpac Limited, has been appointed as the Stage 1 Managing Contractor for the building component of Project Lets Invest for Tomorrow (LIFT).

The contract will see Watpac provide the Project LIFT design team with construction, buildability and schedule advice for the construction works, during the detailed design development phase of the project, which continues throughout this year.


Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer David Collins said the appointment of Watpac is a key milestone for the project.

The appointment of Watpac for Stage 1 of this project means we can now progress to the development of a more detailed design for Project LIFT and put a firm timeline of works in place.

The quality of applicants during the tender process was of a high calibre. We appointed Watpac based on their large-scale project experience and familiarity with airport developments, having worked with Adelaide, Avalon and Darwin airports recently.

At a local level, Watpac has also worked on the Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, CBUS Super Stadium and Dreamworld’s White Water World.

Upon completion of Stage 1, Watpac will submit pricing for the Stage 2 Managing Contractor construction works for consideration by GCAPL.

Construction works will not commence until after the project’s Major Development Plan (MDP) has obtained federal government approval, scheduled for early 2016,” Mr Collins said.

Watpac Managing Director, Martin Monro, said the Group is proud to be appointed as Stage 1 Managing Contractor for what will be a significant infrastructure project for the Gold Coast.

This contract is testament to the solid reputation Watpac has built for delivering high quality infrastructure nationally and we are delighted to be working with GCAPL in the early stages of this important project” Mr Monro said.

Our team brings an exceptional standard of knowledge and skills in this specialist area of construction that will provide a major benefit to the design development phase.”

Project LIFT comprises redevelopment in the southern portion of the airport and will meet future demand and deliver better services, while creating jobs and other economic opportunities for the future.

Project LIFT will address current peak hour capacity issues and meet forecast demand up to the year 2023.

This stage of the proposed redevelopment will be substantially completed in late 2017 prior to the Commonwealth Games, when more than 126,000 visitors, athletes, officials, and media are expected to descend on the Gold Coast.

Subsequent stages of the project are scheduled to be completed in late 2018 and late 2020 and include further enhancements to the existing terminal building and an additional two wide bodied aircraft parking stands.

The MDP is out for public exhibition until 30th September 2015. The document can be viewed on the Gold Coast Airport website and public submissions are welcomed.